MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
With a floor area of over 400.000 square feet, MIT's new centre for Brain and Cognitive Sciences is the largest such facility in the world. The site at Kendall Square is a difficult one, straggling two separate pieces of land separated by a railroad track. The complex houses three major research institutes. The brief stipulated that each of these institutes has its separate identity and its own entrance from street level. Yet, once inside the complex, all three are melted into one continuous system, which maximizes the flexibility and interaction between scientists.
With its outer skin of glass and beige Portuguese stone, the BCSC succeeds not only as a great piece of architecture, but as a seminal example of urban design.